Mixed Methods Research: Exploring the Interactive Continuum / Edition 3

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In Mixed Methods Research: Exploring the Interactive Continuum, the second edition of Qualitative-Quantitative Research Methodology, authors Carolyn S. Ridenour and Isadore Newman reject the artificial dichotomy between qualitative and quantitative research strategies in the social and behavioral sciences and argue that by employing multiple methods, researchers can enhance the quality of their research outcomes.

The authors base their original model for research-the "interactive continuum"-on the idea that qualitative and quantitative approaches are neither mutually exclusive nor interchangeable; rather, the actual relationship between the two paradigms is one of isolated events on a continuum of scientific inquiry. Ridenour and Newman integrate the quantitative research standards of internal and external validity and the qualitative research standards of trustworthiness to create a set of principles for mixed methods research.

About the Author:
Carolyn S. Ridenour is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Dayton

About the Author:
Isadore Newman, a licensed psychologist, is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron College of Education and Visiting Director of Research and Graduate Studies at Florida International University, College of Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809327799
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2008
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn S. Ridenour is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Dayton.  She has published in numerous journals and has coauthored book chapters on the topics of mixed methods research, gender issues in schools, cultural diversity, the challenges of online education, and the impact of market-based policies on school reform in urban areas.


Isadore Newman, a licensed psychologist, is a professor emeritus at the University Of Akron College Of Education. He has coauthored many articles, written nine books and monographs, and served on many editorial boards.  He is the editor of Multiple Linear Regression Viewpoints, Midwestern Educational Researcher, and the Ohio Journal of Science

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     IX
Preface     XI
Qualitative-Quantitative Research: A False Dichotomy     1
The Qualitative-Quantitative Research Continuum     16
Validity and Trustworthiness of Research     35
Strategies to Enhance Validity and Trustworthiness     67
Applying the Qualitative-Quantitative Interactive Continuum     91
"Science" and a Search for Principles of Practice in Mixed Methods     109
Phenomenological Research-Laughter and Humor     119
One Counselor's Intervention in the Aftermath of a Middle School Student's Suicide-A Case Study     123
Effect of Therapist's Self-Disclosure on Patients' Impressions of Empathy, Competence, and Trust in an Analogue of a Psychotherapeutic Interaction     130
The Monocultural Graduate in the Multicultural Environment-A Challenge for Teacher Educators     143
Teacher Reactions to Behavioral Consultation-An Analysis of Language and Involvement     160
An Example of Mixed Methods Criteria (Principles) for the Validity of Some Holistic Research Designs     176
Notes     179
Glossary     183
References     191
Index     203

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